Developer, contractor cited in Sunny Isles Beach condo explosion

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Blog Last Friday, a gas explosion occurred while plumbers were purging the gas lines on the top floor of the luxury condo tower, Château Beach Residences, currently under construction. Fortunately the building was only occupied by a few residents, and most units are still vacant or under construction. Two plumbers were injured on the job. An ignition caused the sprinkler system to go off, soaking two floors of empty Continue ReadingDeveloper, contractor cited in Sunny Isles Beach condo explosion

Kingpin of NV HOA fraud scheme sentenced to 15 1/2 years

Posted by Deborah Goonan Originally Published on Neighbors at War By Ward Lucas Nevada Judge Finally Shows Some Guts Well, good old Las Vegas mobster Leon Benzer has finally met justice in his plan to steal millions and millions of dollars from Homeowners Associations. Not much justice, but at least federal judge James Mahan has now sentenced Benzer to 15 1/2 years in federal prison. With ‘good time’ he may end up spending seven years Continue ReadingKingpin of NV HOA fraud scheme sentenced to 15 1/2 years

Oh, That sinking feeling when your builder walks away!

by Deborah Goonan Let’s face it. There is no shortage of construction defect reports for many homes built in the past decade, and Colorado homeowners seem to have more than their share of shoddy construction. The focus in the news lately has been on condominiums, with city leaders bucking state law to go around legal protections for homeowners, claiming that if they do not ease up on construction standards, developers won’t be able to build Continue ReadingOh, That sinking feeling when your builder walks away!

EDITORIAL: Case closed, prosecutors still won’t release HOA fraud files

Originally posted, July 1, 2015 LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL The Justice Department went to outrageous lengths to keep its Southern Nevada homeowner association fraud case cloaked in secrecy for seven years. Federal prosecutors are prepared to go even further to keep the public from ever knowing the depth of the conspiracy and the scope of the investigation. Earlier this month, the Las Vegas Review-Journal filed papers in federal court to compel the release of millions of documents Continue ReadingEDITORIAL: Case closed, prosecutors still won’t release HOA fraud files